Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

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Suicide Psalms

Suicide Psalms

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Suicide Psalms is both hymn and visceral scream—of loss, despair, hope and ultimately redemption. These poems are drawn out with quick precision, as if they were indeed written in haste, or delirium, before tightening the noose or firing the pistol or jumping off the ledge.

Praise for Suicide Psalms:

“And so it is that those friends who have lived close to suicide become the prophets who might lead us through the gathering darkness of our despairing ecocidal age—into more honourable, tender, sustainable ways of living together on this groaning, delicate, crying earth. `That something better rises out of the ashes.’ This is Rowley at her heart stammering, howling, apocalyptic, playful, musical best.” — Di Brandt

“The poems of Mari-Lou Rowley’s Suicide Psalms are deft, double-edged, `kill sites bedded with violets,’ songs of violent beauty. Scalene: the constantly shifting, sharpening edges and angles (no two sides ever the same) of Suicide Psalms’ three movements balance, ultimately, in a perfect complex structure. Dissonant; harmonic. Rowley’s poetry, as always, a snapping, synaptical singing, stinging electric. In the necessary, unpredictable climate of Suicide Psalms, `the wind fingers/all possible points of entry/conclusions/ways out.’ “ — Sylvia Legris


  • Publication: Sept 2008
  • ISBN: 9781895636925
  • Pages: 96 pp
  • Size: 5 x 7 inches

Mari-Lou Rowley has published eight previous collections of poetry, most recently Suicide Psalms (Anvil Press), which was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award, and Transforium (JackPine Press) in collaboration with visual artist Tammy Lu. Her work has appeared internationally in literary, arts, and science-related journals including the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics and Aesthetica magazine’s Creative Works Competition anthology. Unus Mundus was awarded second prize in the 2012 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. She is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in new media, neuroplasticity, and empathy.

Books by Mari-Lou Rowley